It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bailouts, Bonuses, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street

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"If you want to understand why the Geithner-Summers plan won't solve the financial crisis, and why Wall Street is disgraced but still calling the shots, you can't do better than the brilliantly written and documented It Takes a Pillage, by former investment banker and financial critic Nomi Prins. As she devastatingly shows, it took a pillage to destroy the financial system, and it will take a lot more than the cozy relationship of Geithner, Bernanke, and Summers with Wall Street to ...

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Praise for It Takes A Pillage

"If you want to understand why the Geithner-Summers plan won't solve the financial crisis, and why Wall Street is disgraced but still calling the shots, you can't do better than the brilliantly written and documented It Takes a Pillage, by former investment banker and financial critic Nomi Prins. As she devastatingly shows, it took a pillage to destroy the financial system, and it will take a lot more than the cozy relationship of Geithner, Bernanke, and Summers with Wall Street to rebuild the financial economy."—Robert Kuttner, co-editor, The American Prospect and author of Obama's Challenge

"Nomi Prins has applied her unmatched expertise in Wall Street's arcane methods of turning your money into their bonuses to mapping the recent crisis. In compelling, scathing prose, she shows how the key players escaped being brought to account, and kept their pet officials in power."—John Dizard, columnist, Financial Times

"No one takes Wall Street to task like Nomi Prins. But this book is far more than a pointed attack on how greed and bad regulation created a global economic meltdown—it also offers concrete prescriptions for how to prevent the next crisis. Let's hope Washington is listening."—James Ledbetter, Editor, The Big Money

"Nomi knows. Having been at Goldman Sachs, Nomi Prins knows the mind-set, knows how to read spreadsheets, knows the people, and knows Wall Street's games. Nomi knows and now Nomi tells."—Jim Hightower, author of Swim against the Current

"This book will make readers angry, as they should be. This is a lively account of the Wall Street machinations and Washington deregulation that led up to the economic crisis. Prins writes from the perspective of someone who has seen the beast from the inside, having worked as a Wall Street banker."—Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research

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  • ISBN-13: 9780470529591
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nomi Prins, a former managing director at Goldman Sachs, writes on corruption in Washington and on Wall Street for Mother Jones, Fortune, Alternet, the Nation, and other publications. She is a senior fellow at Demos and a frequent guest on national radio stations, including NPR and Air America. She has appeared on The NewsHour, Democracy Now!, and various CNBC, CNN, and Fox TV programs. Her previous books are Other People's Money and Jacked. Visit her Web site at www.nomiprins.com.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: The More Wall Street Changes, the More It Stays the Same.

1 Where’d the Bailout Money Go, Exactly?

2 This Was Never About the Little Guy.

3 Everybody Wants to Be a Bank.

4 Government Sachs.

5 We Already Have a Bad Bank: It's Called the Federal Reserve.

6 Everyone Saw This Coming. 

7 Bonus Bonanza.

8 Big Banks Mean Big Trouble.

9 Change, Really?

The Real Numbers: Bailout TARP, and CEO Compensation. 

Notes.

Index.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Definite reading for lay person interested in financial collapse

    I have read: Sorkin,To Big to Fail, Tett, Fools Gold, Cohan, House of Cards,McDonald,A Colossal Failure, Wessel, In Fed We Trust, Zandi, Finacial Shock and others. All of these books provide a understanding of what happened in specific instances.

    Prins, It takes a Pillage is supurbly written filling in a lot of gaps and provides inside knowledge and research from the view of a person who was a Goldman Sachs Director. It takes a while to absorb detail, however is must reading if viewing/comprehending the government hearings going on now

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